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Crit Care Clin. 2013 Jul;29(3):563-601. doi: 10.1016/j.ccc.2013.03.009.

Severe community-acquired pneumonia.

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Division of Infectious Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, University of Alberta, 3C1.12 WMC 8440 112 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2B7, Canada. wsligl@ualberta.ca

Abstract

Severe community-acquired pneumonia necessitating intensive care unit admission is associated with high morbidity, mortality, and health-care cost. This review article serves to summarize the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of this common life-threatening condition. Current practice guidelines as well as the role of several scoring systems (such as the PSI, CURB-65, and IDSA/ATS criteria) used to predict CAP severity, prognosis, and site of care are reviewed. In addition, common complications and prevention strategies are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

Community-acquired pneumonia; Intensive care; Lung; Pulmonary sepsis; Respiratory failure

PMID:
23830654
DOI:
10.1016/j.ccc.2013.03.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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